Jury Hands Tech Co. $3M, But Rejects Infringement Claims

By Andrew Karpan (July 19, 2021, 4:01 PM EDT) -- A federal jury in Delaware has turned down patent infringement claims leveled by a Neustar Inc. unit, but ordered venture capital-backed Next Caller to pay nearly $3 million for falsely advertising caller-authentication security capabilities.

In a mixed verdict Friday, a jury cleared Pindrop Security Inc.-owned Next Caller Inc. from claims that its VeriCall-brand authentication service infringed three patents owned by rival TrustID, which Neustar bought in 2018. But the jury found that Next Caller willfully violated the Lanham Act's protections against false advertising, when Next Caller promoted VeriCall by claiming it provided a 10% improvement in interactive voice response containment....

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